Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Adopt-a-Family

The aroma of warm delicious chili spread throughout campus on Tuesday, December 6th during the first annual Campus Chili Cook-Off.  Ten chilies made by Madison East students and staff were represented.  With a $3 donation, students and staff were able to sample all ten chilies, receive a bowl of the chili of their choice, and vote on their top three favorite chilies.

Cook-off Champions Sadie Pajtash (1st Place), Julie Christensen (2nd Place), and Guy Gryphan (3rd Place) are seen here holding their chili cook-off awards.

The cook-off raised over $225 and the proceeds went toward the family Globe adopted through The Road Home Dane County.  The Road Home provides emergency shelter, food, and case management services to homeless families.  This year’s adopted family is a mother with three sons, ages 10, 6, and 2.  Wish-tags were placed on the holiday tree in the student commons and students and staff were encouraged to take a tag and purchase an item for the family.  Untaken tags were removed by Madison East staff and those items were purchased using the chili funds.

Chili Cook-Off winner, Sadie Pajtash said, “As great as it was to win the chili cook-off, it was even more exciting to be a part of the shopping experience which used the proceeds to purchase gifts for our adopted family.  It’s great knowing we have helped brighten a family’s holiday.”